Did you know, roses have been known since antiquity as the Queen of Flowers for their profound and diverse skincare benefits?
Ancient Egyptians used to boil down roses to make cosmetics and healing balm, and they infused rose scent into their oils to cleanse and protect their skin.
The Phoenicians, Greeks, and Romans are known to have cultivated enormous public rose gardens as far back as 5,000 years ago to support their extensive rose beauty traditions.
But it wasn’t until 10th century Persia that steam distillation, and a way to capture the potent intensity of the rose scent, was invented. A single gram of the precious essential oil required two thousand roses, and so signalled the beginning of rose’s rise to prominence in fine perfumes. …
Did you know the cosmetics industry isn’t strictly regulated, because the government considers your lotions, face creams, and shampoo in the category of food? If this is the case, what are we eating then?
The “food” that is absorbed into our bodies through our skin contains thousands of chemically-derived synthetic ingredients. Some of these have been proven to harm our bodies, while the majority are untested, since it is unnecessary to comply with regulations.
This is truly a scary proposition that can also be quite confusing for consumers who are trying to live a healthier lifestyle. …
While it is true that genetics play a role in who gets to have gorgeous hair, most of us can still improve on what we have, if we only knew how.
The secret to truly healthy hair is to work on bringing your overall health into balance. This is ancient wisdom from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM looks at the entire person for the solutions to our problems, as opposed to just treating the symptoms.
Chinese medicine says that it’s healthy kidneys that impart shine, wonderful texture, and body to the hair. Our kidneys are responsible for cleaning our blood and improving blood flow. …
Perfumery and the use of scents for personal or ritual enhancement is a very ancient art, dating back to at least biblical times in the West, and perhaps even further back in Africa and the East.
But the history of the “Eu de Toilette” Parfum and Cologne that we have now has a very specific origin intertwined with the history of France and the royal houses across Europe.
The Greek known as Pliny the Elder describes recipes “for use in perfumer”’ in his various histories and writings. But the modern method still in use today was, according to several sources, brought to Europe by the Arabs, who used aromatic oils to scent themselves as far back as the 14th Century. …
You don’t need to be depressed about how long your skincare routine takes any more.
Maybe it’s just one of those days — or weeks — where you are SO busy. And the weird part is, you may have no idea why. Where does the time go?
No matter the reason, these three easy adjustments to your daily routine will help you save time and still look amazing…\
So you’re tired after a long day, but if you wear makeup, especially waterproof makeup, you need something effective to ensure that get off all those residual pigments and chemicals. …
Many friends have told me they’d love to buy everything organic, if only they could afford it. These people know the value of organics, and they want this peace of mind.
But some people feel the organic movement is just a marketing craze put out by the industry in an effort to charge people more money.
The following are my observations as to why genuine organic products tend to be a bit more expensive. After reading, you can judge for yourself whether you feel organic products are worth it.
Under many certified organic standards, the land must be free from chemicals, such as chemical fertilizers and pesticides, for at least 3–7 years before it can be certified organic. During this period of time, the farmer must follow costlier organic standards, without yet being able to charge a premium. …
Have you ever walked into a store to buy a lotion or shampoo without knowing which specific brand you’re looking for?
You may walk into an aisle with dozens of brands, and pick one based on its appealing package. If there is a tester, you can smell it, or sample it. Is it good? There is no way to know. Most people buy like this, shopping in the dark.
Only after you get home do you understand what you bought. It comes when you realize it doesn’t work, or your face breaks out in hives, or buyer’s remorse kicks in.
With conventional products, it is actually really hard to know what you are getting, because there is not much regulation of the formula or labelling. …
Human beings have five senses, that of smell, taste, sight, sound, and touch. Among these, only our sense of smell is outside of our control, and cannot easily be blocked.
Our nose operates 24/7, and what we smell through it directly affects how we feel, changing our mood or state of health in a flash. Why is this? How is this possible? Let’s have a look.
An average adult inhales about 13,000 liters of air per day. That’s huge. We want to feed our lungs and body something nice, not chemicals.
The generation and neutralization of cell-damaging free radicals is closely tied to the substances we breathe in. On average, an individual faces 73,000 free radical attacks per day. …
5 Self Care Rituals for Organic Beauty
In this age of high tech and high stress, it is more important than ever to take some time out for you. Yes you!
Failing to pay attention to what your body and mind are telling you can greatly affect your happiness, as well as your appearance.
Stressed skin can look tired, discolored, or blotchy. Eye bags form, and wrinkles develop faster, while our hectic lives continue, and we may even be unaware.
It is up to us, strong, powerful women, to recognize when to stop for a few minutes, and take the time out for ourselves. This is not selfishness. Have you ever heard the phrase that you must first love yourself? Please do this. …